Fall Camp Position Preview: Wide Receivers

BOISE, Idaho - As the Boise State University football team prepares for its first season under head coach Chris Petersen during Fall Camp, broncosports.com would like to take the time to preview each position. Today we will look at the wide receivers.


Brent Pease, who is in his first season coaching the Bronco wide receivers, brings a wealth of experience at Boise State. Pease spent the last 15 seasons coaching at four different schools in three different conferences, the last 10 as his team’s offensive coordinator.


Pease spent the last three years as the offensive coordinator at Baylor. He served as offensive coordinator at Kentucky from 2001-02. Prior to moving to Division I football, Pease spent 10 seasons between Montana and Northern Arizona, five of those as a coordinator.


The Broncos return four of their top five receivers, including their three top pass catchers from last season. Seniors Jerard Rabb (6-2, 199), Legedu Naannee (6-2, 228) and Drisan James (5-11, 186) all caught at least 34 passes last season for at least 480 yards.


Rabb led the team in catches (38) and receiving yards (572); Naannee, who had 34 receptions for 483 yards, had a team-best six touchdowns; and James was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection after catching 34 passes for 518 yards and two touchdowns.


“The three seniors are guys that we have high expectations of for doing big things in the offense; being very multiple with them and them playing a lot of different spots,” Pease said. “They’ve got to be playmakers. They know that’s their role and that’s how they practice.”


Behind the three seniors, the Broncos have some youth competing for playing time in sophomore Vinny Perretta (5-9, 194) and freshman Jeremy Childs (6-0, 184).


“Perretta is obviously very solid in our offense. He will be a kid that is going to do great things for us,” Pease said. “And Jeremy is a kid that’s really improved a lot and is going to really add to our depth and do a lot of things for us.”


In sophomore Tanyon Bissell (5-10, 189), sophomore Nick Harris (5-11, 170) and freshman Aiona Key (6-4, 194), Pease believes he has another crop of youngsters that could have significant roles this season and in the future.


“Whether they are still in the developmental stage or whether they have to step up and carry the banner, they are going to have to be more role players at this time. They’re time will come as they grow a little bit older and mature in the offense.”


All in all, Pease believes the receiving core has the talent necessary to be a strength of the Bronco offense this season. However, talent alone is not enough.


“Based on how we want to use them, they understand that if we are going to place that expectation level on them, then they are going to have to be consistent, work hard and make big plays.”



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